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Amsterdam, Netherlands
Brands and Associated Companies:
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Climate Lobbying Overview: AkzoNobel is positively lobbying on climate change policy, primarily in the EU. The company appears to be particularly engaged on building renovation legislation. AkzoNobel CEO Thierry Vanlancker is actively engaging with climate issues through various coalitions.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: AkzoNobel is broadly supportive of climate action in its top-line messaging. The company stated support for the European Green Deal in its 2020 Annual Report, and on its corporate website, accessed in September 2021, AkzoNobel advocated for broad emissions reductions in the building and construction sector. AkzoNobel CEO Thierry Vanlancker has signed several joint letters supporting high-level ambition on climate change in recent years, including the EU’s 2050 target in June 2020 in a letter to EU policymakers, a a climate neutral economy in the EU by 2050 in July 2021, and the UK’s target of net-zero emissions by 2050 in June 2020 in a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson. In response to an EU public consultation in July 2020, AkzoNobel advocated for carbon pricing as a key policy to mobilize building renovation, and in June 2020 the CEO signed a joint letter to EU policymakers supporting aligning EU policies with the European Green Deal and advocating for an ambitious holistic carbon pricing system.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: AkzoNobel seems to be lobbying positively on climate regulations in the EU. The company appears notably supportive of building renovation policies: in a LinkedIn post in September 2020, it advocated for ambitious energy efficiency standards alongside finance mechanisms and subsidies to facilitate building renovation. In response to an EU public consultation on the Renovation Wave in July 2020, AkzoNobel strongly supported legislation to facilitate building renovation in the EU, including mandatory targets and standards, and in July 2021 the CEO signed a joint letter advocating for a 3% annual EU renovation target. In the same July 2020 EU consultation response, the company supported using EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) revenues to fund building renovation. A joint letter signed by the CEO in June 2020 advocated for a growing price floor in the EU ETS and supported reform of the scheme, but on the condition that it maintains the competitiveness of EU companies. The CEO also supported creating sector-specific standalone cap-and-trade systems for mobility, transport, and buildings in a joint letter in July 2021.

In a joint letter to EU policymakers in June 2020, the CEO advocated for the rapid expansion of renewable capacities and the removal of barriers to renewable energy investment. In July 2021, the CEO supported the EU’s increased 2030 GHG target of 55% in a joint letter written by the CEO Alliance.

Positioning on Energy Transition: AkzoNobel is broadly supportive of the energy transition, though with limited engagement on the issue. In response to an EU public consultation in July 2020, the company broadly supported reform of energy taxation measures in the EU, and advocated for measures to phase out fossil fuel heating systems in buildings. The CEO signed a joint letter in July 2021 supporting the electrification of transportation, and in another letter to EU policymakers in June 2020, 826518 advocated for] the removal of barriers to investment in low- and zero-emissions technologies, and supported ‘sustainable hydrogen’.

Industry Association Governance: AkzoNobel has disclosed a list of memberships in industry associations on its corporate website with some detail regarding their positions on climate policy, and how it is influencing the groups. However, it has omitted several influential memberships including the International Federation of Industrial Energy Consumers (IFIEC), the European Round Table for Industry and the Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI). AkzoNobel has not published a formal review of alignment with its industry associations.

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How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.